By Tatum Wheeler • October 28, 2018•Ms. JD, Writers in Residence, Careers, Firms and the Private Sector, Law School, Issues, Women and Law in the Media
My Fellow Sports Law Enthusiasts:
In doing research for this column and talking to sports lawyers, fellow students, and my career counselor, I've come across some helpful resources for those interested in SportsLaw. Here, I've compiled those resources, as well as a brief summary of what they provide.
The Players' Tribune: Online media platform with articles and videos that focuses on athlete-created content. Uniquely presents issues from the athletes' perspective.
The White Bronco: Written by a team of sports lawyers, this media platform provides articles and podcasts about pertinent sports law issues in an easy-to-digest manner; focused primarily on the U.S. sports market.
Other Resources: available on this list which ranked the top 30 sports law blogs and websites to follow.
TeamWorkOnline: Geared towards professional sports organizations, this is the premier website for team job postings and events for sports lawyers and more generally, those interested in sports careers.
LinkedIn: Brush up your LinkedIn profile, and enter a few keywords to easily apply to many sports law jobs.
Professional Sports Organizations' + Teams' Websites: If there is a specific team or professional sports organization you're interested in, be sure to check out their individual websites, as well as their social media sites, for job opportunities and upcoming events.
Be sure to check out the Membership Organizations and Industry Insights websites for more job listings.
Women In Sports Law: an international non-profit (based in Switzerland) that aims to connect women in the sports law sector. Most of the events from the last year were in the EU, some in South America and Canada, and 1 in Washington, D.C. Produces some interesting interviews, and lists all members on their website. This organization seems particularly helpful to those inclined towards the intersection of international law and sports law.
Sports Lawyers Association: Non-profit, Virginia-based organization with over 1,000 members. Membership prices based on tiers ($100 for law student/new lawyer, $465 for associate, $140 for law educator, and $270 for regular). Offers events nationwide, and publishes formal and informal articles.
American Bar Association: The ABA hosts an Entertainment and Sports Industry Group which hosts events and its own publication.
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association: Network of over 2,000 lawyers based around the world that hosts networking opportunities and events, and offers undergraduate and law school scholarships.
LawInSport: focused primarily on the European market, this website offers a vast amount of content, jobs postings, and hosts events.
Local Bar Associations: Similar to the ABA, many local bar associations have specialty groups or events geared towards certain specialty groups. If there are none in your area, it is worth looking a county or two away and maybe even considering looking for events around your travel plans. For instance, if you travel to Los Angeles a couple of times a month for a few days at a time for work, consider looking to sports law events timed with your travel.
Law Schools: Many law schools have Entertainment and Sports Law student organizations that host events for law students and lawyers alike. Begin by contacting your law school and local law schools in your area to find out about upcoming events.
Marquette Sports Law Review: bi-annual publication on pressing sports law issues.
SportsBusiness Journal: focused primarily on the business side of sports, which is often pertinent to sports law issues.
Center for SafeSport: an independent nonprofit that researches and seeks to address sports issues and abuses.
Sports Law: Cases and Materials: one of the few casebooks devoted solely to sports law. Many other law schools have sports law journals or independently publish sports law articles.
If you have any other favorite sports law sites or other suggestions, please feel free to comment below.
Tatum Wheeler is a first-year law student at UC Irvine. When she’s not studying, she spends her free time exploring the coastline, connecting with friends and family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. Please feel free to contact her with any questions, comments, or further advice.